Newcastle United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 20
As the transfer deadline draws ever nearer, clubs across the Premier League and beyond are preparing to make a purchase or two in the January sales.
And at Newcastle United, the latest round of rumours suggests there could be departures as well as arrivals at St. James’ Park this month.
After falling at the first hurdle in the FA Cup, the Magpies are on an Abu Dhabi training break this week, but that hasn’t stopped the Toon from being linked with a host of players.
So as the clock ticks down toward next week’s cutoff point, we take a look at the latest gossip surrounding the club.
Last updated: Jan. 21, 5:00 p.m. GMT
The race for Remy Cabella’s signature has taken an interesting turn, with Montpellier claiming an agreement has been reached for him to join Newcastle United at the end of the season.
In an interview with Midi Libre, via Sky Sports, chairman Laurent Nicollin said: "We have an agreement with the leaders of Newcastle that I will not reveal. But it does not include a departure for Remy before June, it is a certainty."
The comments come just days after the players’ father and agent Hector Cabella confirmed that his son would be arriving at St. James’ Park this month.
Speaking to Actuafoot.fr, via Lee Ryder at the Evening Chronicle, he said: “Yes we are negotiating for Remy—and yes he will join Newcastle this winter.”
Luuk De Jong
While all the talk in recent days has centred around Newcastle United’s pursuit of Remy Cabella, Mark Douglas in The Journal has suggested that their number one target remains Dutch striker Luuk De Jong.
A fee between the two clubs is understood to have been agreed, but the Bundesliga outfit are keen to land a replacement for the 23-year-old before sanctioning the move.
The Toon’s hopes of getting their man have received a further boost with the news that PSV Eindhoven and Ajax are no longer interested in taking De Jong back to his home country, as reported by Lee Ryder in the Evening Chronicle.
Fresh from scoring twice in his side’s 3-1 win at West Ham on Saturday, Newcastle United playmaker Yohan Cabaye is once again the subject of transfer speculation.
The French international is reportedly a target for Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, who are readying a £21 million offer to take the 28-year-old back to his home country.
Luke Edwards of The Telegraph suggests PSG boss Laurent Blanc, who handed Cabaye his first cap for France back in 2010, is keen to bring the former Lille man to the Parc des Princes this month.
And though no formal bid has been made as yet, the Magpies are bracing themselves for an offer while pursuing a ready-made replacement for the attacking midfielder.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the Toon’s win at the weekend, manager Alan Pardew admitted he was wary of losing his star man, saying, “All the transfer windows as manager of Newcastle are nervy and I will be nervous until it closes. Everybody is for sale at some price.”
One player who won't be leaving St. James’ Park—for now, at least—is striker Papiss Cisse, who has seen a potential move to Al-Rayyan collapse.
The Qatari side failed to meet Newcastle United’s asking price of £10 million, and while the 28-year-old was understood to be uncertain about the switch, the decision was eventually made for him.
But the Senegalese international has ruled out a return to the Bundesliga, where he spent three years with SC Freiburg before joining the Magpies in January 2012.
One potential target for Newcastle United this month is Vitesse defender Kelvin Leerdam, as suggested by Stuart Rayner of The Journal.
The 23-year-old can play anywhere across the back and is also comfortable in a defensive midfield position.
The former Feyenoord man has made 19 appearances at under-21 level for Holland and signed a pre-contract agreement with Vitesse a year ago.